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Outdoor Furniture: An Alfresco Sanctuary

Summer is here, so ditch the sad plastic pieces incapable of withstanding two winters and instead invest in a new set of quality outdoor furniture.

Hopper AA | Extremis

The design of this new all-aluminum (hence the AA) multi-purpose table utilizes low entry points and slanted bench corners to allow people to join the table easily. The mono-material is finished with a scratch-resistant powder-coating technique and is available in five colourways.

MoBar | Dometic

This Swedish refrigeration brand has entered the outdoor living market with a new range of mobile bars that, in short order, received both an iF Design Award and a Red Dot Product Design Award for 2021. Available within the three stainless steel models are a variety of prep areas, dry storage and dual-zone refrigerator compartments in different sizes, all housed in typical Scandinavian minimalism.

Onde | GandiaBlasco

2021 marks the Valencian outdoor furniture maker’s 80th anniversary, and names like Luca Nichetto, Made Studio, Søren Rose and Mayice Studio have come to the party, bringing new furniture collections — Onde (shown), Bosc, Capa and Buit, respectively — inflected with Scandinavian, Mediterranean and other design influences with them.

Mūn | Stellar Works

The Shanghai-based furniture manufacturer has launched its first lighting product: a portable rechargeable lantern designed by the Danish firm OEO Studio, fitted with a sturdy silicon strap making it either an outdoor table centrepiece or wall hanging for a diffused glow.

Elio | Tribù

Inspired by the sunset and the motion of light reflecting on landscapes and objects, Canadian duo Yabu Pushelberg named their new chair design after the Greek sun god Helios. Framed in natural teak, the seats are handwoven in Tricord rope that survives outdoor weather conditions while staying soft to the touch. The Belgian outdoor furniture brand picked up a 2021 Red Dot Award in Product Design for this collection.

Deck Chair | Carl Hansen & Son

Børge Mogensen originally developed the Deck Chair series for his own balcony in the late 1960s when he lacked outdoor furniture that was comfortable, functional and space-saving. The idea was to create foldable furniture that could hang on the wall when not in use. Carl Hansen & Son reintroduced Børge Mogensen’s outdoor series in 2020, and is now adding the Deck Chair with Footrest, which provides optimal comfort as well as a light and elegant expression.

Islands Low Tables | Living Divani

Designed by Stephen Burks, these objects decorate both residential and contract open-air spaces in the name of a luxury that speaks of the past, proving to be contemporary. The top and bottom are contoured and bevelled in Purenit, and display a perimeter of pirouetting slats, which turn them into practical containers.

Elba | Paola Lenti

David Rockwell and his team have designed a new collection of outdoor seating that aims at reimagining contract outdoor furniture, keeping in mind the new need for year-round hospitality furniture. The Elba is a stackable pull-up chair with a frame made of stainless-steel tubing with a powder-coated colour finish and matching rivets. The unadorned seats are crafted in a proprietary moulded plastic material – Diade – which gives the shaped planks an upholstered look, with embedded woven synthetic yarns to produce a heterogeneous colour structure and appealing texture.

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